“Blue Belle of Asia” 392-Carat Sapphire Shatters World Record

blue belleExcited bidders at Christie’s Geneva saw the price for the stunning 392-carat, cornflower blue sapphire skyrocket – pushing past its pre-sale estimate of $6.9 – $9.9million – to a record breaking $17.7 million. The cushion cut stone also holds another record, for being the fourth largest faceted blue sapphire.

Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Christie’s Jewelry Department, proclaimed that the (more…)

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Ophir Gem Collection Achieves Nine Guinness World Records

ophir sapphireNine gems from the Ophir Collection of Impressively Large and Unusual Gem Specimens have been recognized by Guinness World Records for being the largest faceted gemstones in their class. The most valuable of the nine include a 31,308-carat oval blue sapphire, a 5,905-carat brown sapphire, and a 508.06-carat tanzanite.

The Delaware, New Jersey based collection also boasts record holders of a 65.22-carat serendibite, (more…)

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My Experience at HOFU 2013: With Ilaria Lanzoni

ilaria lanzoniAt Hearts on Fire University 2013, I also had the pleasure of meeting Ilaria Lanzoni, the creative mind behind the Hearts on Fire jewelry collections. Ilaria is the first jewelry designer to work with Hearts on Fire, joining on as the Director of Design in early 2012 with 17 years of design expertise under her belt. Since then, she has created four spectacular collections: Copley, Illa, Lorelei, and (more…)

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My Experience at HOFU 2013: With Master Cutter Brian McHardy

HOFU BMH 3This year, I was lucky enough to attend the Hearts on Fire University held in Las Vegas. What is the HOF University? It is an annual conference to which all of the Hearts on Fire retailers are invited to get together to share stories and ideas, as well as learn more about the company and the brand.

What I was looking forward to the most, and also the highlight of my trip, was being able to watch (more…)

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Gold Grows on Trees

Gold TreeMoney may not grow on trees but Aussie Researches tell us that gold certainly can.  A recent study reveals that the roots of eucalyptus trees have the ability to draw up gold particles from the soil, which in turn collects in their leaves and branches. Although growing gold in this manner would hardly be worth the effort, the more important finding is that the precious metal in the leaves can indicate (more…)

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Christie’s Geneva Presents: The Orange

The OrangeOn November 12th 2013, Christie’s will host their Sale of Magnificent Jewels in Geneva, Switzerland which will headline a spectacular diamond, dubbed simply as “The Orange”. The largest known orange diamond to date, the pear-shaped stone weighs an impressive 14.82 carats and has a very rare and distinctive pure orange hue. It is also classified as a type IIa diamond (which denotes the highest carbon (more…)

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Peridot beach August birthstone

BeachWhat better way to commemorate the birthstone of August then with a whole beach lined with it! The birthstone of the month is peridot and it comes in abundance on a small beach in Hawaii.

Papakolea Beach is a green sand beach; the sand came from a volcanic eruption that spewed green ash sand over 49,000 years ago. The green colour formed from Olivine rock fragments that came from the mountain. Olivine (more…)

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